Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
. >> that's all for now. i'm lester holt. thanks for joining us. >>> this sunday, nelson mandela, a special "meet the press" a special in-depth look at a world leader whose course and determination changed the course of world events. >> his journey from a prison to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. >> his enduring power is that he showed us that there is true freedom and forgiveness. >> a look at mandela's life, his effect on u.s. politics and policy and how he handled controversy and criticism, all part of his enduring legacy. among my guests today, my colleague nbc news special correspondent tom brokaw, civil rights leader, the reverend jesse jackson and nbc news correspondent harry smith talks to author and poet maya angelou as she mourns a good friend. >> that's what he's brought, deliverance from ignorance. >> i'm david gregory. all of that ahead on "meet the press" from new york this morning, sunday, december 8th. . >> i'll have all that ahead on "meet the press," sunday, december 8. >>> the world's longest running television p
Dec 9, 2013 3:20am EST
what would happen in south africa had there not been a nelson mandela? it would be running in blood. not too long ago, they weren't allowed to lynch a man or a woman, so i don't think nelson mandela's death was in vain. his life was not. i will never be the same. we thank him for coming. we thank him for teaching us. and we thank him for loving us all. all. >> what a reflection. harry smith, your thoughts this morning. >> a redemptive morning to be able to spend it with maya angelou, but how eye-opening it was to be black and living in south africa. steve beko ends up getting pulled over by the cops in south africa. he's dead 24 hours later. you rick yosk your life just breathing and being black in south africa, and to see this man come out and talk about a teachable moment. >> thank you very much, harry smith. when we come back, we'll talk about other politics of the week. how did mandela's death overshadow president obama's push for obama care this week? plus, have we finally 6 children, 44 years... it's been a happy union. he does laundry, and i do the cleaning. there's only two
Dec 6, 2013 8:00pm PST
'll see you tomorrow on "today." i'll be in south africa with the latest on the death of nelson mandela. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, good night. . - you wanted to see us? - yeah. gonna be leaving town for a little while. - vacation? - that's what i'd like everyone to think. captain harden will take over while i'm away. - does this have to do with your brother's death? - maybe. now if you receive any communication from me while i'm away-- text, email, otherwise-- just ignore it. it won't be me. if i do need to contact you, i'll do it indirectly through rosalee. - you in some kind of danger? - i would assume so. - is there anything we can do here? - yeah, if anyone asks, i'm having a wonderful time in tahiti.